LeBron James is the best player in the NBA and the world. That might seem like a bold and sweeping declaration and Kevin Durant is certainly making it an argument with the way that he’s played as of late and for most of this year, but it’s something that LeBron has proven time and again since joining the Miami Heat and winning his first two championships.
While Durant, playing with Russell Westbrook out of the lineup due to injury, has continued to establish himself as a player on the same elite level as LeBron and is many people’s early favorite to win the league’s MVP this season. However, the play of Durant has somewhat overshadowed what James has been doing this season.
On Tuesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans, LeBron came out and dominated on the way to a huge victory. In 35 minutes, James notched 32 points, five assists, three boards and two steals while shooting 13-22 from the floor and 3-6 from three.
Though James’ totals and time on the floor may have slipped in comparison to last season, he’s still producing at a fantastic and incredibly efficient level. James is currently shooting a career-high 58.8 percent from the floor, 40.5 percent from three and 75.1 percent from the foul line. He’s also contributing 6.6 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game as well.
James has continued to be a player that affects games on both ends of the floor and has done so at an elite level. In my opinion, Durant is going to win the MVP this year because of how remarkable he’s been and voter fatigue. However, there’s no doubt that LeBron is still proving he’s the best in the league and that he deserves more praise than he’s been getting this season.